PANTHERSVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia State baseball team claimed the rubber match of its Colonial Athletic Association series against Northeastern by hammering out 19 hits and scoring 17 runs on the way to a 17-7 win. Bradley Logan had three doubles and drove in three runs while Nick Hogan went 2-for-4 with four runs scores and two RBIs.
The Georgia State bats exploded in the second, scoring five runs off Northeastern starter Dan Zehr (1-1). Marc Mimeault and Derek Simmons led off the frame with back-to-back singles. Mike McCree brought home the first run with a bases-loaded single through the right side. After two more runs scored on infield fielder’s choices, Mike McCree stole home to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead. Bradley Logan capped the scoring with a double down the left field line, bringing in Nick Hogan.
With two outs in the fourth, Northeastern (10-10, 3-6 CAA) got on the board for the first time. Tony DiCesare tripled to right and scored on a wild pitch from State starter Kenny Camp (2-1). Josh Ported followed with a single, stole second and scored on Frank Pesanello’s hit to center field, drawing NU within 5-2.
The Panthers (17-9, 6-6 CAA) responded immediately in the bottom of the frame, getting consecutive singles from Nick Hogan and Jean-Michel Rochon-Salvas. With runners on the corners, State pulled off a double steal with Rochon-Salvas swiping second and Hogan taking home. Mimeault followed later with a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Rochon-Salvas. McCree capped the scoring in the frame with an RBI single through the right side to put State ahead 8-2.
After the Huskies put up a run in the top of the fifth, the Panthers answered back three runs off reliever Ryan Quigley. Logan doubled down the right field line to bring in the frame’s first run while Hogan scored later on a wild pitch. Mimeault finished the scoring in the inning with an RBI groundout to second, putting State ahead 11-3.
The Huskies pushed across a run in the sixth and threatened in the seventh after Camp walked the first batter. With a 3-2 count against the second batter, Joel Reeves entered for Camp. Reeves walked Mike Lyon and issues another walk before getting a double play to clear the bases as one run came in to score. Reeves got out of the frame with a fly ball to center field.
NU scores a pair of runs in the eighth to trim the margin to 11-7, but State answered back in the bottom half of the inning. Simmons led off the frame with a single and stole second before being lifted for pinch runner Matt Van Horn. Van Horn moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on McCree’s RBI groundout to second. Hogan drove in two more runs with a single up the middle while Logan hit his third double of the day to bring in another run. Mimeault wrapped up the scoring in the frame with a two-out single to right field, bringing in Logan and giving the Panthers a 17-7 lead.
David Ferrer, who entered in the eighth for Reeves, made quick work of the Huskies in the ninth. The righty finished the game with a pop up to Logan at third base, as State took the series.
“I am very happy with how we played today after a bad day yesterday,” said head coach Greg Frady. “Kenny Camp showed tremendous senior leadership with his performance on the mound. There are five to six games that are difference makers in a season, and today was one of those. Kenny came out today and made a difference with solid start.”
The Panther offense has several stars, as seven batters collected at least two hits. Logan provided the power with three doubles and three RBIs. Mimeault also drove in three while Simmons went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Hogan went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, scored four times and showed off in the outfield with a couple of web gem catches that do not appear in the box score.
With a lot of highlights, McCree’s steady play at the plate and in the field stood out. The left fielder went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs while scoring once on a stunning straight steal of home. “Nobody knew but me and [Coach Frady]. He told me that once the pitcher picked up his leg to go. It was a surprise to everybody in the ballpark,” said the junior. “It sparked our team and sent Northeastern a message early that this was going to be a tough battle and that we were ready for it.”
Georgia State returns to action with a three-game road trip to Alabama. State plays a doubleheader against Alabama A&M Tuesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. ET and concludes the swing with a game against Samford on Wednesday, April 2, at 5 p.m. ET.
NOTES: Chase Childers collected his 17th career sacrifice hit in the second, moving into a tie for fourth place in school history with Sean Fitzgerald (2002-03) ... Nick Hogan was hit by a pitch in the second inning for the 10th time this season, moving him into three-way tie for sixth place on State’s single-season charts.